Wedding and Portrait Photography Course
Wedding and Portrait Photography Training - 5 day course
Learn how to...
• Shoot a complete Mock Wedding (Bride-Prep to First Dance) Home and at Church
• Setup a photography studio (Lighting, Posing etc)
• Shoot a Bride and Groom in the studio (Pre-Wedding Studio Shoot)
• Photograph kids, adults and Pets at the studio
• Improve your own photography skills
• Business Know-How
• Earn a serious income
• Max 10 Students
• Learn how to get letters after your name
THIS COURSE HAS CHANGED
We no longer offer a 5 day wedding & Portrait Course. This course is now split into 2 separate categories. We have decided to offer an extended Wedding course and the Portrait Course will now be offered independently. All of this page content PLUS MORE will still be available.
We have decided to do this so we can extend the Wedding training offered, and it's to help students to absorb the mass amount of information in an easier to digest format
PORTRAIT (2 day - NOW HELD AT WEEKENDS)
WEDDING (3 or 4 Day)
3-Day Wedding Course
Mar 25th - 27th
May 15th - 17th
Jul 29th - 31st
Wedding and Portrait Photography Course (5 Day)
Wedding and Portrait Photography Course - Wedding Photography Training - In brief our aim is simple; we will teach you everything you need to know to help get you up and running as a professional photographer. We will teach you every aspect of shooting a wedding from start (Bride-Prep) to finish (First dance). This includes posing the Bride, Groom, Best Man, Bridesmaids and Groups etc. We will teach you how to get the best out of everyone on the day but most importantly how to take modern pictures that sell!
We will teach you how to setup a studio and take stunning photographs of kids, adults and the family etc.
Thank you Johnny & Chloe as well as the others"
Gary’s easy manner, and the amusing way he delivers the course material is very inspiring. Paula’s input as the second shooter and assistant is also invaluable. Also Paula’s lunches are a real treat. What a fantastic team.
Thank you both for a wonderful week"
I've been using a DSLR for many years however, learnt some really cool stuff & much needed back to basics!
Gary's style of training is fantastic! Makes it fun & easy to understand & Paula was great too! Oh, & not to forget the lovely & plentiful lunches! 🙂
Getting ready to book my next course"
We were presented with a huge amount of information in a short time, but the way in which Gary delivers it makes it easy to understand and - more importantly - put into practice.
Everyone on the course benefited from Gary and Paula's extensive knowledge, patience and tireless enthusiasm for photography. A great venue, relaxed atmosphere, warm hospitality, plus some professional-looking shots by the end of the week - perfect.
Will definitely be back for more"
From photographing items such as shoes, flowers, wedding dresses etc, to people in poses in a mock wedding at Ripley Castle (North Yorkshire), to people in a studio, to off camera flash location shoots around Elland, to using and understanding light meters, The list goes on and on.
I had a fantastic time at shootsmart and I would like to thank Gary and his wife Paula who kept us well fed and everything running to schedule, And Kelly who is their assistant/stand in model.
I can't recommend them highly enough."
I have learnt so many new skills including flash, posing, ambient lighting, timing, business management etc and also how to smile a bit more!
One tip I could give to anyone thinking about or attending one of ShootSmart's courses is to make as many notes as you can along the way as the knowledge I gained was immense.
Many many thanks to Gary and Paula, I couldn't recommend these guys more!"
"5 Day wedding & studio course WHAT YOU WAITING FOR ??? BOOK THE COURSE NOW Seriously what are you waiting for? I wish I booked the course last year. Since I've got back from the course I've done nothing but plan for the launch of my own photography business. One day I might be able to make the switch to full time pro.Gary and his team are great, very welcoming, great lunches provided and plenty of drinks available. The Studio is excellent. I could go on, The Photoshop actions sessions were amazing. If you are thinking about turning a hobby into a business give this course ago"
Michael Scott - May 2015
The following video is a 3 minute snapshot and insight into our "HANDS ON" Wedding Photography Training.
This particular Day was at Hazlewood Castle. This day forms part of the 3/5 Day course.
A massive thanks to Lee Call of Lee Call Photography for the above video production - Cheers Lee
"Practical 'hands on' shooting - not sitting in a classroom learning theory"
General Course Outline
This 5 day course is aimed at the enthusiastic photographer looking to improve their skills or a change of career. If you want to earn a serious income from your own home or small inexpensive Studio, then here is a 100% guaranteed way for you to learn how in the quickest time possible. We focus on practical 'hands on' shooting with a strong emphasis on camera handling, not sitting in a classroom learning theory.
There's intuitive instruction on every aspect of photographing a complete wedding from the Pre-Wedding shoot and Bridal prep through to first dance. Everything you need to know about running studio sessions and how to take stunning portraits. We cover the business aspects in great detail too!
ShootSmart Wedding and Portrait photography course is intended to impart a high level of proficiency to the enthusiastic amateur and semi professional photographer looking to start a career as a Professional Photographer or wishing to shoot weddings and Portraits for fun.
5 day Wedding/Portrait Photography Workshop
Shooting a wedding is a huge responsibility. You are in charge of capturing a historic day in people’s lives. You need to be a proficient camera user, technically sound, and be creative and able handle the pressure of the day professionally.
Wedding photography demands people skills, being able to work under pressure, to handle any scenario, any weather condition, be versatile, flexible, adaptable, personable, engaging and well organized. It’s about summing up a scenario quickly for the best backdrop, working the light and implementing the nuances of lens perspective, depth of field and exposure options.
ShootSmart wedding photography course teaches you the skill-set to shoot at a professional level, to capture the flavour, the mood and the magic of the day. Ideally you will have done our “Love your SLR” course or be at a similar level of competency. The course is a real hands-on, and we cover every aspect of a typical wedding day, from the pre-wedding shoot and Bride prep right through to the first dance. The group will be limited to a maximum of 10 for a highly personalised training experience using models and set props to re-create real life wedding scenarios.
"Just returned from 5 Day Wedding and Portrait Workshop, run by Gary and Paula Gough, at Shootsmart. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the information was presented in a light hearted manner, with plenty of jokes and stories from Gary and Paula, which helped get the information across.One day was a mock wedding, held at the lovely Hazlewood Castle, with two lovely models, and plenty of posing and setup advice, and I've come away with some fantastic pictures, which if they hadn't come off my card I would never have believed they were mine.Other days were spent in the studio, outside with off camera flash and some amazing Photoshop sessions.I've come away with a lot more knowledge, and look forward to attending other courses. Definitely recommend the courses if you want to do more than point and shoot with your camera"
Peter Simpson - May 2015
PT I - Beautiful Wedding Photography
The mark of a good portrait photographer is the ability to consistently produce high quality images - getting control of light is a combination of experience, expertise, instinct and that is what this course is all about. Learn how to shoot babies, children, families, groups and friends. Learn to develop your style - whether this is creative and experimental, fun or formal.
You will learn all you need to know about studio lighting from scratch, learn typical 1, 2 and 4 light set-ups. Learn low and high key lighting techniques.
Photographing people in all walks of life is hugely popular yet it is usually done poorly. We train you to recognize the quality and direction of the light, to implement creative composition, to understand poses, backdrops, lens perspective, but most of all what sells! - Gary Gough
No previous experience necessary
- Wedding (Bride & Groom) Contract
- Wedding Photography Booking Confirmation
- Image Licence
- Complaints Procedure
- Terms & Conditions
- Customer Care Statement
- Print Release Form
- Model Release Form
- Parental Consent for Child Photography Form
• Photograph a complete mock wedding with a Bride & Groom
Learn how to...
• shoot weddings (Pre-Wedding + Bride Prep to Fist Dance)
• pose the Bride
• pose the Groom
• pose the Bride & Groom
• pose the Groups
• shoot the bridal Prep – Bride & the Dress
• take artistic shots: shoes, dress and jewellery etc.
• take cameo shots: flowers, cars, the rings, table settings, the cake etc.
• To photograph the reception & speeches
• First Dance (Capture the atmosphere correctly)
• Post wedding workflow and production
• Tricks of the trade that make your images really “STAND OUT”
• How to prepare the images for Print
• How to create albums that sell
• Photograph Children and the Family
• Introduction to Studio Lighting
• Read a Light Meter
• Typical 1, 2 and 4 light setups (Low and High Key)
• Single, couple and group posing
• Accessories, props, reflectors
• Advanced tips on setting up portrait shots
• Body positioning / eyes / noses / hands etc
• How to create a mini portrait studio in your own home really cheaply
Improve your skills
Learn how to...
• shoot in "Manual" and take full control.
• use your camera features to get the best results.
• be creative and use of depth of field
• compose photos
• How to use your flash
• How to use your flash Off Camera creatively
• choose the best camera/lens combinations for portraiture work
• Unbiased advice on what camera gear is best suited for your you
Get letters after your name
Is it important? Should I bother? Does it matter?
The answer to all of these questions is simply YES!
Letters after your name will give the confidence to your customers that you know exactly what you're doing. It means that you have been recognised for your skills by other professionals.
You will learn how to produce the work necessary for this. You can see a panel of work which has been produced for this purpose.
More importantly you don't need to attend boring University for 3 years to get them either!
1 Year FREE SUPPORT AND MENTORING!
Starting your own business won’t always be a smooth process, especially in the current climate. This is why we offer 12 months free business support and mentoring.
What’s the catch? There isn’t one.
The success of start-up businesses is crucial – we want you to succeed. It’s as simple as that.
• Any DSLR (Pro Camera available to hire £10 per day)
•Memory Card(s): (at least 8GB of memory cards for each full days shooting)
• Spare batteries.
5 Day Wedding / Portrait Course Dates
|Mar 13th - 17th||>>SOLD OUT<<|
|Apr 24th - 28th||>>SOLD OUT<<|
|Jun 12th - 16th||>>SOLD OUT<<|
The following are all 100% genuine testimonials left for us by our Customers
""I recently completed the 5 day wedding course run by Gary and Paula, the experience from start to finish was superb, and very professionally run. The tution given was done in such a way that everyone in the group was relaxed and this enabled everyone to learn with ease. The course content was structured in a way that both experianced and beginners could learn together without any problems. The wedding venue of Hazelwood castle was the icing on the cake. I can recommend this course to anyone out there wanting to get into the photography business, as it not only covers the photography aspect but the business and processing sides. As a direct result of the course i have 4 wedding bookings already over the next 6 months. THANKS Gary, Paula and the rest of team""
Steve evans (Jun 2015)
"Just completed the 5 day course and loved every minute of it, this couple ooze inspiration, so being a complete beginner on the technical side of photography I came away with a wealth of knowledge and buzzing with inspiration, Gary and Paula couldn't have crammed anymore information into five days and couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, I am now hoping to book the five day landscape course, I honestly can't believe how far I have come and delighted I stumbled across this training course to explore my passion for photography"
Amanda Moore (May 2015)
"Just returned from 5 Day Wedding and Portrait Workshop, run by Gary and Paula Gough, at Shootsmart. The atmosphere was relaxed, and the information was presented in a light hearted manner, with plenty of jokes and stories from Gary and Paula, which helped get the information across.One day was a mock wedding, held at the lovely Hazelwood Castle, with two lovely models, and plenty of posing and setup advice, and I've come away with some fantastic pictures, which if they hadn't come off my card I would never have believed they were mine.Other days were spent in the studio, outside with off camera flash and some amazing Photoshop sessions.I've come away with a lot more knowledge, and look forward to attending other courses. Definitely recommend the courses if you want to do more than point and shoot with your camera"
Peter Simpson (May 2015)
"5 Day wedding & studio course WHAT YOU WAITING FOR ??? BOOK THE COURSE NOW Seriously what are you waiting for? I wish i booked the course last year. Since I've got back from the course I’ve done nothing but plan for the launch of my own photography business. One day i might be able to make the switch to full time pro.Gary and his team are great, very welcoming, great lunches provided and plenty of drinks available. The Studio is excellent. I could go on, The photoshop actions sessions were amazing.if you are thinking about turning a hobby into a business give this course ago"
Michael Scott (May 2015)
I have done several courses with Paula and Gary ,all were conducted in a friendly light-hearted environment in which Gary got all the points across to enable me to understand the course and techniques required ......fantastic studio and the out of studio venues will blow your mind ..... For me the best there is
Ian bower (May 2015)
I did both the Love Your SLR (15th March) and the 5 Day Wedding/Portrait Course (2nd - 5th March) and both were excellent. I bought my camera sometime last year and pretty much never used it as I didn't really know what I was doing. I'd read a couple of books in the past but nothing beats hand on experience and Gary give you that experience in droves.From photographing items such as shoes, flowers, wedding dresses etc, to people in poses in a mock wedding at Ripley Castle (North Yorkshire), to people in a studio, to off camera flash location shoots around Elland, to using and understanding light meters, The list goes on and on.I had a fantastic time at shootsmart and I would like to thank Gary and his wife Paula who kept us well fed and everything running to schedule, And Kelly who is their assistant/stand in model.I can't recommend them highly enough.
3-Day Wedding Course
Mar 25th - 27th
May 15th - 17th
Jul 29th - 31st